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Mohammed Iqbal HAMID MIR--Is he an honest journalist or a traitor-Read and make up your mind, surely you will sense Mir Vs ISI battle from the last 10 years. Question: Why did he receive Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2012 when he has always been anti-Pakistan. Read a Read more ...
nd judge yourself Should we doubt the patriotism of ISI even if we 'assume' that ISI was behind the shooting! Hamid Mir is a Pakistani journalist, news anchor,and security analyst. He currently hosts the political talk show Capital Talk on Geo TV and also writes columns for Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, and English newspapers. He was twice banned from Pakistani television by the Pervez Musharraf government in 2007 and by the Zardari administration in June 2008. He has also received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's second highest civil award. Background Mir was born in Lahore, Punjab, in July 1966. He studied and completed his secondary education at University Laboratory School New Campus and Government Central Model School, Lahore. He received his intermediate degree from Government Science College and his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree from Government College. He earned his Master of Arts (M.A) in mass communications from the University of Punjab in 1989. He played cricket but left the sport after the sudden death of his father. Family Mir belongs to a literary and journalistic family. He is a Punjabi of Kashmiri origin. His grandfather Mir Abdul Aziz was an Urdu, Persian, and Punjabi language poet from Sialkot. Mir's father, professor Waris Mir, was also a columnist for Daily Jang and a critic of military dictator general Ziaul Haq, for which he was removed from the chairmanship of the Mass Communication Department of the University in the 1980s. His mother lost her whole family during migration from Jammu to Pakistan in 1947 after partition. Her brothers were killed by rioters in front of her eyes. Her mother was kidnapped. She saved her life by hiding under the dead bodies of her own relatives. His father died on 9 July 1987 under mysterious circumstances at the age of 48; it has been alleged that he was poisoned by the military regime. Mir entered the field of journalism immediately after the death of his father at a very young age. Mir has three brothers, two are also journalists. Amir Mir and Imran Mir. Mir's wife worked with Pakistan television and for a private television channel for many years. The couple has two children, son Arafat Mir and daughter Ayesha Mir. His children and wife were forced to spend at least three months outside Pakistan from May 2007 to July 2007 for security reasons. Notable papers, awards and work Awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz on 14 August 2012 for his services in Journalism by the PPP government under President Zardari. Mir interviewing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Earned an All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) award for best columnist (Urdu) for the years 1996, 1997, and 1998. Received the Maharishi Samman Award for Excellence in Journalism announced by Trust for Media Studies, in Jodhpur, India in March 2005. Awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from the Ministry of Women Development, Government of Pakistan for writing and speaking in support of women's rights, in August 2005. Interviewed Osama Bin Laden for the Daily Pakistan in 1997, for the Daily Ausaf in 1998, and for the Daily Dawn in 2001. The latter was the first interview after 9/11 by any journalist, and the BBC and CNN declared it an international scoop. The Monthly Herald announced that interview as the scoop of the year in its annual issue of December 2001. Author of a book on the political philosophy of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, published in 1990, which is still in print. On 26 March 2010, The foundation of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Writers and Literature have nominated Mir for the SAARC Lifetime Achievement Award 2010. In December 2011, Hamid Mir received Several Death Threats after he hosted a TV show on Influence of ISI in Pakistan Politics. Hamid Mir was declared most popular current affairs TV anchor in March 2012. On 26 November 2012, a bag containing a bomb was found under his car but that was not exploded and was defused by bomb experts and Mir remained safe. On 13 April 2013, a video surfaced on social media showing Hamid Mir receiving "Friends of Liberation War Honour" award by Sheikh Hasina. The video created a minor controversy in Pakistan. Controversy During his career he has come into conflict with the authorities and been banned or limited from reporting on several occasions: In October 2005, he covered the relief work of Kashmiri militants in Pakistan administered Azad Kashmir after an earthquake. His journalistic work established the presence of militants in Kashmir, and the Musharraf regime threatened to ban him from TV. Mir opposed so-called peace agreements between Taliban and Army in FATA in 2005 and annoyed powerful generals. Then Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan declared Mir a TRAITOR on state-controlled Pakistan television in 2005. Mir visited Bajour tribal area in January 2006 after a US missile attack in Damadola village. He again proved that the US missiles killed only innocent children and women, not Al Qaeda militants. Mir started discussing the role of Pakistani intelligence agencies in his famous talk show in 2006, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issued him a show cause NOTICE for committing treason. Musharraf declared Hamid Mir a Taliban sympathiser after the emergency rule of 2007 and banned him from Geo TV for more than four months. In an interview with Monthly Newsline Karachi (December 2008 issue), Mir explained his differences with Musharraf. He claimed that actually he exposed the DOUBLE GAMES of secret agency ISI playing in the Red Mosque of Islamabad in a face to face meeting with the president. Mir presented some evidence that ISI was helping some militants who were creating law and order situation in the Capital. ISI turned against Mir after that meeting and propagated that Mir is a media face of Taliban. In fact Mir received threats from some militant groups when wrote investigative stories on Taliban.
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Patel Amrut It may be helpful for you if you r stuck in confusion over UPSC preparation guidance/coaching selection/material authenticity etc. ... 1.. Well as a matter of fact for UPSC General studies coaching is no more important ( Actually it is a wastage of Read more ...
money/time & probably your first attempt too but doesn’t hold true for Optional subject , whr coaching is required if you r first time studying that optional ) 3... But Why ? because coaching can't cover what you can cover on ur own in a whole day, while coaching complete syllabus from books only , even that too superficially to make Innocent freshers fool to give thema feeling of syllabus completion. While UPSC are more inclined towards depth study of conventional topic Like History /Art & culture while for polity/economy/social aspect/ethics UPSC wants you to read newspaper/magzines only only & only ( have a standard book for reference only ) 4.. then solution : well As i say coaching is not important but no doubt there material is v much important since we alone cant read all 5-6 English news paper( TH,IE,TOI,ET,TB etc) and Magazines (Fntln,DTE,EPW,WF,Y&K wtc) , so their hired employees do it for only coaching student. 5.. So final solution : Avoid coaching for GS ( for optional u may have to) but Try to get hold of coaching material.. 6... But then which coaching material is good..? Well try to stay away from popular coaching with big name in newspaper Advertisment ( They are for fleecing nd looting MP/MLA's kins & Justice Katjus 90% special Species ) .. 7... So i will try to make a list of best material in which some coaching is good , but no single coaching is good in every topic of UPSC syllabus . This knowledge you earn when u live in Delhi.. 8..So i am cutting your workload so just follow the material list ( First English then Hindi) which is almost must buy as well how you can buy it and Precaution while buying them , Because if you dont purchase on the spot and depend on courier then they will send you old/unused/incomplete/fake material with genuine coaching name in frontage ( all are xerox notes sold illegally)( not thir fault they have simplyno idea abt upsc requirement of proper material.. So still for solution read this completely..You will find a solution through me ( But last option coz i am also busy in my UPSC Preparation) My suggestion for important material of Delhi UPSC coaching & Courier channel... These are for General Studies Papers... * (a). Vajiram & Ravi Current Affairs booklet per booklet till now Volume 5 has come.. (b) Vajiram & RaviTest Series each paper total 7 GS and 5 CSAT has come till now.. *(c) Vision IAS Topis wise Booklet on current affairs and other syllabus topic 1. Must Read News Paper and its up to u only so cant help 2. Certificate Physical and human geography by Gochen Leong ( v.v.v.imp Foreign School Books) 3. Indian Geography by khullar ( Best Standard Refrence Book but hard core Geography) 4. Orient Blackswan Atlas ( Must have one) 5. NCERT Geography XI/XII( imp but optional can download too) 6. History of Modern India by Spectrum ( Must read 2-3 times) 7. Indian struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra ( Must Must ..) 8. Indian Since Independence by Bipin Chandra ( Important no doubt) 9. India After Gandhi by Guha ( Imp but Optional ) 10. The Story of civilization Volume II , Contemporary World History old NCERT ( Must Read once) 11. World history by Jain & Mathur ( Must only Source So must Read 2-3 times) 12. Anciect/ Medivial / Modern Indian History old NCERT ( Must read many times) 13. Indian Constituion at work NCERT / Indian politics afterIndependece/Contemporay world politics ( v. Imp) 14. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant ( V. Imp) 17. Indian Polity Class notes by Vajiram & Ravi..( buy Atleast this) 18. Economic NCERT (XI/XII) ( Read once must ) 19. Economy Class notes of Sriram coaching Printed Notes ( V.V Good) 20. Indian Art and Culture class notes by Nitin Singhnia.. ( V.V.V.good with any standard refrence book) 21. CSAT Aptitude Mock Test Papers by Career Launcher ( If u r week in CSAT) 22. Environment Shankar IAS Acdemy ( Have to read Properly once but not sufficient ) 23. Science & Tech ( newspaper/magzine only don’t buy nething ) 24. Ethics material by Pragati (V.V. Good) but much better material will come only in August 2014 25. Indian Polity Part I and *PART II of SriRam Coaching (v.v.v.v.v imp ) 26 IGNOU material ( of Social issues/Environment/Internaional Issues/Polity/ Ethics) Etc….(will help if Read once)( costly so download freely from internet) 27. CSAT Paper I mock test series by Direction or CL coaching..( have it useful) Now these are for Optional only so choose ur optional very carefully/ for books talk in msg.. 28. Public Administration Synergy Class Notes ( Best for Paper I) while Vajiram & Ravi notes are good for Paper II 29. Geography Alok ranjan/Neetu Singh Class Notes ( Best) 30. History Hemant jha coaching class Notes ( Best) 31. Political Science class notes of Vajiram & Ravi (best) 32. Sociology class notes of Upendra coachig/vajiram & Ravi printed notes ( Best) 33. Philosophy class notes by Patanjali ( Best) 34 Psychology class notes by Mukul Pathak (Best) 35. Anthropology printed notes Brain Tree Coaching ( Best ) but class notes available only of Dr Lakshmaiah SArkar by Mitra’ IAS or by Pradip Sarkar 36 Hindi Sahitya by Utakrsh Sir or Drashti coaching 37. Indian economy Service by Kalinga IAS Academy Printed Notes only .. 38 Maths/physics/Chemistry Class notes ( by Best UPSC Coaching Near IIT Delhi) 39. Zoology/Botony by Evolution coacing ( Best) .. So My Suggestions Regarding material purchase are : 1. Buy Books from Flipkart coz some what cheaper then delhi .. 2. But for xerox coaching notes Best option is u urself come to delhi and buy it own ur own, or ask for ur frnd in delhi to help u out But... 3..Don’t Buy coaching material from middle man(shopkeeper) coz they will courier u old/bad handwriting handwritten notes or fraud coaching material with best coaching name .. with courier charge varies from 100 to 150 /- per kg as per distance with no safety while Govt Registered post takes only around 60/- per kg..... 4.Use this as only your last option : ( Dont think that i want u to take my help , everyone's time is precious but as I have come across so many desperate aspirant outside delhi , desperate for help so putting this option ) So if you are outside Delhi and dont have neother option and want me to help u in buying the material and courier them to you then you can Message me in Facebook it self but Do not Comment coz I wont be able to read them or if u cant wait then SMS me @ 09958840847( may be switched off sometime coz now interview prepration mode but my other frnds like vijay,ritesh,Ritika are thr to help you using my profile ) so msg me in fb ......…....... And as per ur request ,i have bought after u have paid me in advance online banking and sent the UPSC materials to ur address but sorry I got busy in my mains exam last december & then a long break ,so cudn't reply properly.Well so just check my Wall post of Uploaded pic of Delievered material for authenticity to clarify your doubt regarding Material Delivery. ( for optional books or Hindi medium material msg me i will try to help you out)
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Mohit Sinha Brief on India-U.S. Relations (EMBASSY OF INDIA IN US) Overview: India-U.S. bilateral relations have developed into a global strategic partnership, based on increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. The visit of P Read more ...
rime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Washington D.C. from 22-26 November, 2009 as the first State Guest of President Barack Obama reaffirmed the globalstrategic partnership between India and the United States. President Obama's visit to India from 6-9 November 2010, imparted further momentum to bilateral cooperation and helped establish a long-term framework for India-U.S. global strategic partnership. President Obama characterized India-U.S. relationship as one of the defining partnerships of the 21st Century. PM Dr. Manmohan Singh paid an official visit to U.S. in September 2013 for the third Summit meeting with President Obama. The bilateral cooperation is now broad-based and multi-sectoral, covering trade and investment, defence and security, education, science and technology, cyber security, high-technology, civil nuclear energy, space technology and applications, clean energy, environment, agriculture and health. People to people interaction provide further vitality and strength to bilateral relationship. Bilateral partnership enjoys bipartisan support in both our countries. Strategic Dialogue:India and the U.S. launched a Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister and the U.S. Secretary of State in July 2009, which focuses on bilateral relations along five pillars of mutual interest, namely: Strategic Cooperation; Energy and Climate Change, Education and Development; Economy, Trade and Agriculture; Science and Technology; and Health and Innovation. The first round of the Strategic Dialogue was held in Washington D.C. in June 2010. The fourth meeting of the Strategic Dialogue was held in New Delhi in June 2013. Foreign Office Consultations: There have been regular contacts at political and official levels and wide-ranging dialogue architecture on bilateral, regional and global issues has been put in place. Foreign Office Consultations are an important part of the dialogue structure. The last round of Foreign Office Consultations was held in Washington D.C., for which Indian Foreign Secretary paid a visit to U.S. on 9-11 December 2013. Civil Nuclear Cooperation:The bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement was finalized in July 2007 and signed in October 2008. During the visit of President Obama to India in November 2010, the two Governments announced completion of all steps to begin implementation of the Civil Nuclear Agreement. U.S. nuclear companies (Westinghouse and GE Hitachi) are in consultations with NPCIL to commence commercial cooperation in this area. NPCIL and Westinghouse signed a "preliminary contract" in September 2013 for the nuclear power project in Gujarat. The civil nuclear initiative has been strengthened by the regular meeting of the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Working Group (CNWG). The last meeting of the joint CNWG was held in July 2013. Defence cooperation:With the signing of the 'New Framework for India-U.S. Defence Relationship' in June 2005, bilateral defence cooperation has intensified with growing defence trade, joint exercises, personnel exchanges, collaboration and cooperation in maritime security and counter piracy operations, exchanges between each of the Services, etc. Defence trade has shown significant growth in recent years with aggregate worth of defence acquisitions from U.S. crossing USD 9 billion. The two sides are in consultations to upgrade the defence relationship by simplifying technology transfer policies and exploring possibilities of co-development and co-production of defence systems to invest the defence relationship with strategic value. During the visit of PM to U.S. in September 2013, a Joint Declaration on Defense cooperation was also concluded. Counter-terrorism Cooperation:Cooperation in counter-terrorism has seen considerable progress with intelligence sharing, information exchange, operational cooperation and access to advanced counter-terrorism technology and equipment. A new India-US Counter-Terrorism Cooperation Initiative was signed in 2010 to expand collaboration on counter-terrorism, information sharing and capacity building. Separately functional level cooperation on counter-terrorism is being pursued through a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter Terrorism that was established in January 2000 and the Homeland Security Dialogue, which was announced during President Obama's visit to India in November 2010 to further deepen operational cooperation, counter-terrorism technology transfers and capacity building. The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited India in May 2011 to hold the first round of this dialogue. The second meeting of this Dialogue was held in May 2013 in Washington D.C. The Dialogue reviewed engagement in each of the Homeland Security Dialogue Sub-Groups, namely: (a) Megacities Policing; (b) Combating Illicit Finance, Bulk Cash Smuggling, and Counterfeiting; (c) Cyber-security and Critical Infrastructure Protection; (d) Port, Border, Maritime, Transportation and Supply Chain Security; (e) Science and Technology Cooperation; and (f) Capacity Building. In December 2013, India-U.S Police Chief Conference on homeland security was organized in New Delhi. Strategic Consultations:India and U.S. have intensified and expanded their strategic consultations in recent years with dialogues covering East Asia, Central Asia and West Asia. The two sides have agreed on strategic consultations covering Latin America, Africa and the Indian Ocean Region. India and the U.S. have a trilateral with Japan (fifth meeting took place in Tokyo in November 2013) and a trilateral with Afghanistan (second meeting took place in February 2013 in New Delhi). Strategic security related issues: Matters relating to international security and disarmament, multilateral export control regimes are reviewed under the Strategic Security Dialogue, which last met in December 2013. Issues relating to high-technology trade are discussed in the India-U.S. High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG). Trade and Economic Relations:Total bilateral trade in goods, at current growth rate, is expected to cross USD 65 billion in 2013. Indian exports accounted for USD 35.96 billion during the period January-October 2013, registering a growth rate of 4.11% over the same period last year and the growth was faster than the overall growth in bilateral trade in goods of 3.4%, enabling India to maintain a healthy surplus. Total trade in services in 2011 (the last year for which the complete data is available) was USD 54.42 billion, registering a growth rate of 16.12%. In 2011, India's exports to the United States reached USD 26.80 billion, and US exports to India accounted for USD 27.62 billion. There are several dialogue mechanisms to strengthen bilateral engagement on economic and trade issues, including a Ministerial Trade Policy Forum (TPF) and a Ministerial level Economic and Financial Partnership. The last Meeting of India- U.S. Financial and Economic Partnership was held in Washington in October 2013. India and U.S. are negotiating a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). As part of the Economic Dialogue, a separate Commercial Dialogue has been set up to cover (a) Trade Defence Measures (b) Small and Medium Enterprises and (c) capacity building on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). For greater involvement of private sector in discussion on issues involving trade and investment the bilateral India-US CEO's Forum was reconstituted in 2009. The last round of the reconstituted CEOs' Forum was held in July 2013 in Washington D.C. Separately a Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) has also been created consisting of prominent Indian and international trade experts to provide strategic recommendations and insights to the US-India Trade Policy Forum. An MoU on agricultural cooperation and food security was initialed in 2009, which replaced the India-US Agriculture Knowledge Initiative. This MoU was formally executed on March 16, 2010 by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. There are three working groups under the dialogue: strategic co-operation in food security; food processing, farm-market linkages and agriculture extension; and, weather, crop and climate forecasting. Mutual Investments: U.S. is the fifth largest source of foreign direct investments into India; as per the official statistics of September, 2013, the cumulative FDI inflows from the US from April 2000 to March 2013 amounted to about $ 11.6 billion constituting nearly 6 %of the total FDI into India. During the financial year 2012-13 (from April 2012 to March 2013), the FDI inflows from US into India were $ 557 million contributing 6% of the total FDI inflow during this period. In recent years, growing Indian investments into the US, has been a novel feature of bilateral ties. A recent study of 68 Indian companies which have invested in the US, conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has found that these companies invested nearly US $ 17 billion in the US; and, about one-third of the companies actively engage in Research and Development (R&D), having spent over US $ 340 million in R&D activities, thus contributing to innovation in this country. Energy Cooperation:The U.S.-India Energy Dialogue was launched on May 31, 2005 to promote increased trade and investment in the energy sector. Five working groups have been set up under the initiative in areas, e.g., oil & gas, coal, power and energy efficiency, new technologies & renewable energy and civil nuclear co-operation. Another working group on 'sustainable development' has been added recently. The last meeting of the working groups and of the Dialogue took place in September, 2012, and the next is scheduled to be held in New Delhi early next year. In a positive development, the US Department of Energy (DoE) has so far given its approval for export of LNG from five liquefaction terminals, set up by various companies in the US, to countries with which the US does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) - with two of these five terminals, the Indian public sector entity, Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has off-take agreements, totaling nearly 6 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). These terminals are expected to be complete and in a position to export cargoes by late 2016/early 2017. Clean Energy: As a priority initiative under the PACE, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Government of India signed an agreement to establish the Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC) on November 4, 2010 during President Obama's head of state visit to India. The JCERDC is a bilateral initiative designed specifically to promote clean energy innovations initiative by teams of scientists from India and the United States, with a total joint committed funding from both Governments of US $ 50 million. The Center has funded three research projects, in the areas of solar energy, second generation bio-fuels and energy efficiency of buildings. Education: Under the Singh-Obama Knowledge Initiative launched in 2009, education and knowledge have been made an integral part of the strategic partnership between the two countries. The India-U.S. Higher Education Summit that was held in October 2011 in Washington, followed by the Higher Education Dialogues in June, 2012 and June 2013, have laid out the road map for promoting strategic institutional partnerships, deepening collaboration in research and development, fostering partnerships in vocational education and focusing on junior faculty development. As part of this vision, eight joint India U.S. research projects were awarded in 2012, and additional eight in 2013. Moreover, 126 junior faculty have been selected for being deputed to the United States (under the Raman fellowship programme of the University Grants Commission [UGC]) for placement in post-doctoral research programs. The Fulbright program was renewed in 2008 as the Nehru-Fulbright Program, with enhanced mandate and joint funding, to provide more student and scholar exchange grants. Programs such as 'Connect India' and 'Passport to India' provide opportunities, to be expanded in the years ahead, for large number of U.S. students to visit India. As per the Open Doors 2013 study of the International Institute of Education (IIE), there are 96,754 students of Indian origin studying in the United States presently, which is the second largest international group comprising 12% of the total in that category. Regulations have been liberalized to allow twinning arrangements for faculty exchange and other collaborations between universities on both sides. An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in June, 2013, for co-operation between the two sides in setting up community colleges in India. Finally, given India's huge population and geographic spread, India proposes to forge collaborations with U.S. Institutions in the area of Technology Enabled Learning and Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) to extend the reach of education. An MoU was signed in June 2013, between IIT Bombay and edX for collaboration in spreading the use of MOOCs in India. Space: The two sides have had long history of cooperation in Civil Space arena. A bilateral Joint Working Group on Civil Space Cooperation has been established as a forum for discussions on joint activities in space. The Group had its fourth meeting in Washington DC from 21-22 March 2013. Both the sides have agreed to continue and expand their joint activities in the area of civil space cooperation. Major areas include: (i) exchange of scientists; (ii) OCM2, INSAT3D collaboration; (iii) Cooperation on Mars mission; (iv) nano-satellites; (v) carbon /ecosystem monitoring and modeling; (vi) feasibility of collaboration in radio occultation: (vii) Earth Science Cooperation: (viii) international space station; (ix) global navigation satellite systems; (x) L&S band SAR; (xi) space exploration cooperation; (xii) space debris mediation. NASA and ISRO signed an agreement for activities related to India's Mars Orbiter Mission. Cooperation in Science & Technology: The U.S.-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was signed on October, 2005. Subsequently, it was decided to setup an Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Joint Commission. The first meeting of Joint Commission was held in June 2010 co-chaired by the Science Advisor (OSTP) to the was held in June 2013. The Joint Commission developed an action plan for 2012-2014 that includes joint projects, joint workshops, exchange visits of scientists, and establishment of virtual networking in various disciplines such as basic and applied sciences; atmospheric, environmental and earth sciences; health and medical sciences; data sharing; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; innovation; and women in science. U.S. will be the partner country at forthcoming Technology Summit and Expo in 2014 in New Delhi. Both the governments have endowed the India-U.S. Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) to facilitate mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in science, engineering, and health. Over the past ten years, the IUSSTF has facilitated more than 12,000 interactions between Indian and U.S. scientists. The U.S. - India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) was set up in 2012 for promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship. Established in 2009, the Science and Technology Endowment Board (STEB) promote commercialization of jointly developed innovative technologies with the potential for positive societal impact. Millennium Alliance (MA), a joint initiative between USAID and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), is working to identify, support, and scale innovative, game-changing, and cost-effective solutions to developmental challenges in India. Collaboration between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been strengthened under the 2008 MOU on Earth Observations and Earth Sciences. Under the 2010 U.S.-India Agricultural Dialogue, a "monsoon desk" at the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) has been established. Under NSF and MOES collaboration, the "JOIDES Resolution" will conduct deep ocean seabed core sample drilling in the Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean and research to shed light on global climate change and variations in the Indian region. India's contribution of $250 million towards Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) Project and Indian Initiative in Gravitational Observations (IndiGO) with U.S. LIGO Laboratory are excellent examples of jointly working o create a world-class research facilities. Cooperation in the Health Sector: Under the U.S.-India Health Initiative, four working groups have been organized in the areas of Non-Communicable Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Strengthening Health Systems and Services, and Maternal and Child Health. In order to build up the disease surveillance and epidemiological capacity in India, Global Disease Detection-India Centre has been established in 2010 which is now fully operational with an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program launched in Oct 2012. U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Indian Council of Medical Research, and India's Department of Biotechnology have developed a robust relationship in the biomedical and behavioral health sciences, research related to HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, eye disease, hearing disorders, mental health, and low-cost medical technologies. In June, 2012, the United States, India, and Ethiopia, in collaboration with UNICEF, hosted the Child Survival Call to Action event in Washington, D.C. to mobilize the world to achieve the ambitious yet achievable goal of reducing all preventable child deaths by 2035. People to people ties:More than three million strong Indian American community includes a large number of professionals, educationists and entrepreneurs, has been increasing its sphere of influence and gaining in political strength. With two Indian Americans occupying high level posts of Governor, a Congressman and several Representatives of State Legislatures and in the Federal Administration, the Community has thus assimilated into their adopted country and acting as a catalyst to forge closer and stronger ties between India and USA. Cultural cooperation between India and the U.S. has rich and varied channels. Apart from the India focused educational programs at the Universities and educational institutions, there are hundreds of private schools, which teach Indian cultural arts. The Embassy, in collaboration with the Indian American Community and cultural organizations caters to the demand to the extent possible. These activities are grouped in to Reading India Series (featuring events related to Indian authors and writings, e.g. historian Rama Chandra Guha, author William Dalrymple), Performing Indian Series (featuring music, dance and theatre, e.g. dancer Astad Deboo, Jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa), Beholding India Series (film screening, art and photo exhibitions, e.g. documentary on Jewish contribution to Bollywood, Photo exhibition on Sikh heritage in India), Understanding India Series (featuring lectures on comprehensive and cross-sectional views of India, e.g. Dr. Karan Singh, Dr. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Prof. Philip-Lutgendorf), and Young India Series (cultural events catering specifically to younger audience, e.g. Spark!Lab project to introduce scientific concepts to through toys to children). Media: Indian media is based in the U.S. in a marked way, including PTI, IANS, Times of India, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, Outlook, Telegraph, Pioneer and other Indian media organizations, which have correspondents based in Washington D.C. and other major cities. The TV channels represented in the U.S. include NDTV, Times Now, CNN-IBN and Asia TV. Reflecting the growing relevance of Internet based information dissemination, correspondents from websites like Rediff.com, Firstpost.com based here also cover the India-U.S. relations.
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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While American elites view the very discussion of “decline” as “pre-emptive superpower suicide,” Europeans are busy learning how to live in a world where the eu is not a leading actor and the European continent is not the center of the world but simply the wealthiest province. Could it be that the clash between Washington’s denial of the very possibility of America’s decline and Europe’s excessive readiness to adjust to it can damage the Western alliance more than the controversy over the use of power did? Could it be that at the heart of the current troubles in the transatlantic relationship is a crisis of the political imagination of the West? I want to argue that the paradox of the new world order emerging out of the ongoing recession is that the global spread of democracy and capitalism, instead of signaling “the end of history,” marked “the end of the West” as a political actor constructed in the days of the Cold War. 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Re-reading Kagan’s article a decade later, we face three critical questions. Was Kagan right to expect that even a further decline of the eu’s influence in global politics, even a threat to the very survival of the eu, would not force Europe to invest in its military credibility? Was he right to expect that America’s political, economic, and military dominance in global politics would be sustainable in the medium- and long-term? And was he right to believe that the new world order would be structured along the lines of the Cold War confrontation between democracies and autocracies? THE EU AS A RETIRED POWER In his novel Death with Interruptions, Nobel Prize–winning writer José Saramago imagines a world where people will live so long that death will lose its central role in human life. At first, people are gripped by euphoria. But soon, “awkwardness” of various kinds — metaphysical, political, and practical — starts to reenter their world. The Catholic Church realizes that “without death there is no resurrection, and without resurrection there is no church.” For insurance companies, life without death also means oblivion. The state faces the impossible task of paying pensions forever. Families with elderly and infirm relatives understand that only death saves them from an eternity of attentive care. A mafia-style cabal emerges to smuggle old and sick people to neighboring countries to die (death is still an option there). The prime minister warns the monarch: “If we don’t start dying again, we have no future.” The challenges Europe faces today in many ways resemble the metaphysical dilemmas the citizens of Saramago’s “no death” utopian kingdom struggle with. Europe is still the best place to live, but it is not any more a good place to dream. What makes Europe a success is at the same time what threatens Europe — the welfare state; the multilayered model of eu governance. The current crisis forced Europe to re-perceive the world, but in a paradoxical way it only reinforces Europe’s shift away from military power. Today fear is Europe’s “dominant color,” but Europeans do not worry about being occupied or militarily defeated. What they fear is economic insecurity and a loss of their way of life. A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, conducted in 2011, found that both the eu’s security elites and the European public take peace for granted. They increasingly look at security through the eyes of insurance companies rather than military planners. While the crisis pushed emerging powers like China and India to increase their military spending, in Europe defense budgets were the first to be cut. nato’s military intervention in Libya initiated by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the British Prime Minister David Cameron, while meant to demonstrate Europe’s relevance as a military power, ended up confirming the fears that the European Union neither is ready nor has the capability to assert itself as a military power. The Europeans did not succeed in acting together; the performance of the European military units engaged in the operation revealed a dangerous dependence on America’s intelligence and logistics; and the European publics, while supportive in the beginning, very soon lost their appetite for the intervention. Nobody has better captured the new situation than the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who, echoing Robert Kagan, in a February 2011 speech at the National Defense University, expressed his fear that the “demilitarization of Europe — where large swaths of the general public and political class are averse to military force and the risks that go with it — has gone from a blessing in the 20th century to an impediment to achieving real security and lasting peace in the 21st.” The unfolding of the post–Cold War world order has made Europeans nervous and anxious about the future. The unfolding of the post–Cold War world order has made Europeans nervous and anxious about the future. But what the crisis has revealed is Europeans’ strong tendency to translate security problems into economic and social issues that can be dealt with by regulation, criminal justice, or technology rather than classical foreign and military policies. Reflecting on the self-destruction of the pre-1914 liberal Europe, the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig was convinced that the outbreak of World War I “had nothing to do with ideas and hardly even with frontiers.” The catastrophe should be explained by “the surplus force, a tragic consequence of the internal dynamism that had accumulated in forty years of peace and now sought violent release.” After 70 years of peace, today’s Europe is not immune to the danger of violent outbursts. But it is not the surplus of energy (economic, political, cultural) but the deficit of energy that threatens Europe today. The risk-averse nature of the eu as an international player has its demographic explanation. Europe is aging and shrinking. The data projections tell us that the median age in Europe will increase to 52.3 years in 2050 from 37.7 years in 2003, while the median age for Americans in 2050 will be only 35.4 years. Europe’s share of global gdp is thus liable to shrink in the decades to come. Faced with the choice to either open the borders of Europe to immigrants, and thus preserve their standards of living, or close the borders and suffer economic declines, Europeans have decided to simply reject the political class that articulates this choice. In short, Europe is at a point where the demographic imagination defeats the democratic one. Europeans do not aspire any more to change other societies; they are preoccupied with the fear that others are trying to change them through immigration or economic pressure. A decade after the European-American clash over Washington’s military intervention in Iraq, Europeans are still proud of their position of nonintervention, but they have had second thoughts about the virtues of a multipolar world. If a decade ago Europeans were convinced that what the world needs in order to become a better place is a more European-minded America, they are not sure any more. America at last has a European-minded president, but Barack Obama did not succeed in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he did not succeed in getting Iran off the nuclear path, and he did not succeed in changing Russia’s political behavior. What Obama succeeded in doing is starting America’s withdrawal from Europe. It turned out that being European-minded is not the same as being interested in Europe. It was America’s global hegemony that enabled the EU to emerge on the world stage as an attractive power in the first place. What many of the European critics of American power have discovered is that a world order built on seemingly unassailable American power was the one most hospitable to the European project. It was America’s global hegemony that enabled the European Union to emerge on the world stage as an attractive power in the first place. American hegemony made room for the European Union to experiment with being an unconventional, non-nation-state actor and freed it to concentrate on its internal scope and institutional architecture. America’s security umbrella, not least, allowed the European Union to become a global power without needing to become a military one. But while Europeans are nostalgic for the American world of yesterday, they do not believe that this is the world of tomorrow. Europeans have also lost their conviction that the eu is the governance model for the world to come. A decade ago, European public opinion assumed that globalization would prompt the decline of states as key international actors and nationalism as a seminal political motivator. But what until just yesterday seemed universally applicable begins to look exceptional today. Even a passing glance at China, India, and Russia, not to speak of the vast reaches of the Muslim world, makes clear that both ethnic nationalism and religion are back as major ideological driving forces shaping global politics. Post-modernism, post-nationalism, and secularism are making Europe different from the rest of the world, not making the rest of the world more like Europe. So, Europe is unhappy with the new reality but does not feel strong enough to change it. And Kagan was right a decade ago to predict that the eu’s relative weakness will end up in the narrowing of the European mind and will lead Europe away from engaging with global affairs. Only powerful nations can subscribe to a universalist agenda: This is the axiom of Kagan’s historically informed realism. The weakness comes together with parochialism. DECLINE: A CHOICE OR A RESULT OF CHOICES MADE? A decade after “Power and Weakness,” Robert Kagan wrote another piece that captured the imagination of the American president. This time the president was not George W. Bush but Barack Obama, and the piece was not about Europe but about America. “Against the Myth of American Decline,” an essay published in the New Republic in February of this year, is Kagan’s argument with all those who believe in America’s decline. Looking back at history and interpreting the symptoms of America’s current malaise, Kagan is convinced that America is not in decline and that the fashion of declinism is rooted in analysts’ obsessions with trends at the expense of volumes, and in a nostalgic fallacy. Very much like Wall Street investors, most of the proponents of decline are preoccupied with leanings, so they tend to view the rising powers as stronger than and the United States as weaker than the situation warrants. But if analysts decide to look at volumes and not simply at trends, they will see that America has preserved its dominant position in military, political, and economic terms. Many people also view America as humiliatingly weak today because they have a very wrong impression of how strong it was yesterday. In reality, the United States was never as influential as some believe. And put in historical perspective, the current decline in America’s influence is less alarming compared with what happened to America’s power in 1970s. What makes Kagan an optimist is his conviction that “the present world order — characterized by an unprecedented number of democratic nations; a greater global prosperity, even with the current global crisis, than the world has ever known; and a long peace among great powers — reflects American principles and preferences and was built and preserved by American power . . . If America’s power declines, this world order will decline with it.” In short, America is not in decline because the world cannot afford it. The very survival of the liberal international order is a proof of America’s strength. It is true that the determinism of the pessimists who have already accepted America’s decline as inevitable is not much different from the determinism of the optimists who two decades ago endorsed the idea of the end of history. But while it is wrong to bet on America’s decline, it is fair to observe that nothing seems further from America in the 1990s than America today. In the past decade, America’s global influence has suffered substantial setbacks. America has experienced the limits of hard power and the erosion of soft power. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that were meant to be illustrations of American capacity to project power and reshape the reality on the ground have turned into illustrations of the limits of America’s capacity to make a difference. In the three-worlds universe of postmodern, modern, and pre-modern described by Robert Cooper in his book The Breaking of Nations, America experienced three different sets of constraints. In the postmodern world America does not have allies who are ready to share its ambition to manage history. In the world of modern nation-states America is constrained not by the risk-averse nature of her allies but by the growing military strength of her opponents. Nuclear proliferation is a fact and it will be more and more difficult for the U.S. to impose its will on hostile nuclear powers. And in the pre-modern world of failing states and tribal loyalties America experiences the unbearable lightness of nation-building. So, it is not that America has declined while others take top seat at the table; it is that on the field of global politics, America is not what it used to be. America’s power is manifested not by capturing imaginations but by Washington’s ability to load its problems on others. A decade ago, Washington’s power was best demonstrated by its capacity to shape the choices of others, making world politics look like a contest of who imitates America best — its economic model, educational institutions, and entertainment industry. Today America’s power is manifested not by its capacity to capture the imagination of others but by Washington’s capacity to load its problems on others. At present both Europe and America have mind-blowing debt problems, but while America succeeds in refinancing its debt on very favorable conditions, some of the Eurozone countries are forced to finance their debt at self-destructive interest rates. This is a painful demonstration of America being a power and Europe being not powerful enough. So, decline is a choice but also the outcome of choices that were already made. The newly-found weakness of the U.S. is not only in the imagination of the declinists but in the erosion of America’s economic power, the declining social mobility in American society, and the citizens’ loss of trust in American institutions. The crisis that American society is going through is not unprecedented, but that doesn’t mean that this time it cannot end up differently. Kagan is right to argue that America cannot turn its back on the world and its problems, but it is also unrealistic to believe that America’s reputation will not be hurt by the way others view the performance of the American economic and political system. Falling in love with the idea that American power is in decline presents a clear and present danger for American society. But the denial of America’s visible loss of influence cannot be the alternative to decline. Reflecting on the West’s experience in the last decade, it is fair to observe that if Europe fell victim to its tendency to think of military power only in moral terms, America fell victim to the trivialization of war. The post–Cold War military interventions (the Balkans being the paradigmatic case) created the expectation that American engagements with the world would bring maximum glory and minimum casualties. War has lost its meaning as an exceptional collective experience that reaffirms the identity of the nation. War lost its meaning of national sacrifice and the ultimate concentration of national energy. America has become used to what the Brits used to call military expeditions. War has been turned into professional sport. IS IT TOMORROW YET? In the days after the fall of the Berlin Wall, American political scientist Ken Jowitt observed that the end of communism is like a political volcano that in the beginning affects a circumscribed area but, depending on its force, eventually affects the entire globe. As Jowitt wrote in his book New World Disorder, we cannot expect “the ‘clearing away’ effect of the Leninist extinction to be self-contained, to be a political storm that considerately loses its force as if approaches Western and ‘Third World’ coasts.” Kagan’s unwillingness to acknowledge the dramatic way in which the end of the Cold War has affected not only the East but also the West, how it has transformed both the liberal democratic regimes and the regimes of authoritarian capitalism, is the real source of vulnerability of his insightful analysis. In the current world of soft borders he tends to blur the border between the normative and the analytical, the border between what should happen and what is most likely to happen. Kagan envisions international liberal order as a post-Soviet world disciplined by the moral clarity of the Cold War ideological confrontation between freedom and tyranny and dominated by a single power: the United States. He believes in a world divided between the league of democracies and the axis of autocracies. But could the Cold War’s ideological frame be preserved in the world of global capitalism, where money, technologies, and ideas are changing hands every minute? In a world in which the sons and daughters of authoritarian leaders are studying and living in the West, in which the money of authoritarian governments is managed by Western bankers, in which American voting machines are most likely manufactured in China? Between 1917 and 1989, ideologies replaced national passions at the center of world politics. But this very exceptional period ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union. The end of the Cold War was a blessing for the West because it left capitalism and democracy without an alternative, but it was also a curse because it forced the alternatives to democracy and capitalism to mutate (taking the forms of democratic or market institutions) and because it profoundly changed the relations between the elites and societies. The Cold War was a time when the democratic West successfully dismantled the borders between social classes while strengthening and successfully defending the borders between the states — and in particular between free nations and communist dictatorships. In the days of the Cold War, political and business elites haunted by the specter of the communist takeover were actively cooperating with the society at large, exposing themselves to the constraints of democratic politics. In the past two decades, however, the reverse is the trend. The borders between states are gradually losing their importance while the borders between social classes have become much more difficult to cross. Globalization dramatically increased the number of middle-class people in the world, but it has eroded the foundations of the middle-class societies that were the distinctive feature of the Cold War West. Social inequality has increased in most Western democracies, and social mobility has declined. The global emergence of a hovercraft elite, increasingly borderless and emotionally unrelated to their societies, is the fruit of a 30-year process that we might call “the movement for the liberation of the elites.” What distinguishes the new elites from previous generations of the rich and powerful is their lack of ideology and their escape from the restraints imposed by the nation-state. The social contract between rich and poor has been eroded by the ease with which the wealthy can stockpile their money beyond the redistributive power of the nation-state. But offshore tax shelters are only a symptom of a larger trend. The new global elites, elected as well as unelected, are less and less dependent on citizen-soldiers (because of volunteer armies using push-button weaponry), citizen-workers (because of outsourcing), and citizen-consumers (because of foreign purchasers of natural resources and high-tech products). And the declining capacity of citizen-voters to control politicians or hold their national elites accountable follows naturally from the declining influence of citizen-workers, citizen-soldiers, and citizen-consumers. The experience of the past decade demonstrates that the natures of political regimes are not the best predictors of emerging geopolitical alliances. Newly emerging democratic powers like India and Brazil are very reluctant to make democracy promotion the center of their foreign policy decision-making. Old-fashioned ideas of national interest, but also postcolonial solidarities, seem much better predicators for the foreign policy rationale of the new democratic powers. In Europe in the days of the Cold War, foreign policy was kept out of electoral politics, while economic decision-making was at its heart. Now, European policymakers are trying to place economic decision-making outside of politics; what remains are the issues of identity and foreign policy. So the world of tomorrow is unlikely to be disciplined by the Cold War corset. It is not only that the new democratic powers are unenthusiastic about making democracy promotion the defining feature of their international behavior, but also the fact that some of the recent democratic explosions in the world are likely to end with the establishment of illiberal and anti-Western regimes unattractive to American and European publics. China is a rising global power, but China is not the ideological “other” Kagan hopes for. The citizens of the democratic West do not see the world of authoritarian capitalism as a threat similar to the Soviet one. The Soviet Union was not simply a nondemocratic power. It was a hostile political universe. It was a power with the ambition to conquer the world and to remake it in its own way. None of the current spoilers in international politics has this combination of ideological vision and military and political power. Most Americans and Europeans are repelled by the realities of the Chinese or Russian regimes, but they do not view them as threats to their way of life. In a world of blurred borders and offshore elites, the rise of China does not necessary mean Chinese rules for the world. The return of “the world without meaning” makes it possible for the international liberal order to survive even if the West’s power declines (short of collapse) and the power of authoritarian capitalism is on a rise. What can make China different from the United States as a world leader is not so much American democracy vs. Chinese authoritarianism as the contrasting ways in which Americans and Chinese have experienced the world beyond their borders. The spread of democracy and capitalism makes it more difficult if not impossible to build lasting value-based coalitions. America is a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of people who never emigrate. Since the first Europeans settled there in the 17th century, people from around the world have been drawn to the American dream of a better future; America’s allure is partly its ability to transform others into Americans. It is, therefore, not surprising that America’s global agenda is transformative; it is a rule-maker. The Chinese, on the other hand, have not tried to change the world, but rather to adjust to it. China’s relationships with other countries are channeled through its diaspora, and the Chinese perceive the world via their experience as immigrants. Chinatowns — often-insular communities located in large cities around the world — are at the heart of the Chinese experience of the world. As the political scientist Lucian Pye once observed, “the Chinese see such an absolute difference between themselves and others that they unconsciously find it natural to refer to those in whose homeland they are living as ‘foreigners.’” While the American melting pot transforms others, Chinatowns teach their inhabitants to adjust — to profit from their hosts’ rules and businesses while remaining separate. While Americans carry their flag high, Chinese work hard to be invisible. Because China is about adaptation, not transformation, it is unlikely to change the world dramatically should it ever assume the global driver’s seat. But this does not mean that China won’t exploit the world for its own purposes. America, at least in theory, prefers that other countries share its values and act like Americans. China can only fear a world where everybody acts like the Chinese. So, in a future dominated by China, the Chinese will not set the rules; rather, they will seek to extract the greatest possible benefit from the rules that already exist. So this is the paradoxical nature of our new world — the spread of democracy and capitalism makes it more difficult if not impossible to build lasting value-based coalitions. At the same time, it makes it possible for the international liberal order to survive even in the case that the West’s power declines and the powers of authoritarian capitalism enjoy a temporary rise. Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a member of the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
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Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs Takes Ayo Oritsejafor To The Gutters, Expose His Many Lies By editor on April 11, 2014 By The Paradigm The Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs has taken the controversial leader of the Christian Association of Nig Read more ...
eria CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to the gutters over what it calls “frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity”. The council through a release by its Acting Director of Publicity Muhammad K. Qasim, said that the council is constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. “It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. The Council went on to prove that Mr. Ayo Oritsejafor had been feeding lies to the Nigerian public and the Presidency. Read the full release below: [Press Release] As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours. When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner. Despite the attitude of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) of not responding to frivolous and unwarranted media propaganda, we are constrained to recall that certain lies blatantly told in the past had undermined world peace in some parts of the globe and resulted in the death and displacement of millions of people. It is on this note that we wish to prove that many of the claims of the CAN leadership in recent years on the state of the nation were motivated by reasons which were evidently at variance with the truth. We are aware that not all our Christian compatriots appreciate or support the combative posture and aggressive rhetoric of the current CAN leadership. This is evident in a recent public rebuttal by the Bornu State’s CAN leadership of a baseless allegation that some churches and Christian schools were clandestinely marked out for demolition in the State. That State’s CAN leadership had to admonish the national leadership of CAN to always “clarify issues relating to Christian communities at the State level before making (embarrassing) public statements on such issues. …We feel that the channel had not been exhausted in this matter hence this response.” The mere fact that the Federal Government has been listening to fabricated data and the lies blatantly told about Islam and Muslims in this country have been reflecting in the polity especially in the lopsidedness being witnessed in critical areas of Federal appointments and postings,even in the military and security agencies. Though we have data to the effect that about 85% of appointments as Heads of Federal Parastatals have been given to Christians through which the majority of Nigerians are marginalized, for now we want to principally address only the single example originated by CAN to illustrate our assertion that lies are being circulated as facts by CAN leadership in Nigeria for personal and political gains Nigerians would recall that in the last week of July 2013, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a syndicated interview, alleged that “Nigerian Christians are treated as second class citizens”. The interview was published in the Vanguard of 27th July 2013, several other newspapers and on-line media. In the interview, among other mendacious statements, the CAN President alleged that Christians are being marginalized in Nigeria while the truth is obvious even to the blind that the opposite is the case. On the Nigerian Television Authority, for example, the CAN President said: “Go to the Government owned media houses and see what is happening there, especially the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). I don’t know now because some of them retired at a point, but, before their retirement, the seven directors out of eight were Muslims. Turn that around and see what will happen. What do you call that? Second class citizens.” While the reasons for which verifiable information are distorted and lies are publicly promoted based on mere conjectures, we want to aver that contrary to what the CAN President said, NTA, like other segments of the Nigerian enterprise, is a Christian enclave. Below is the list of the composition of the Management Board of the NTA since inception to date and the facts speak for themselves: MANAGEMENT BOARD OF NTA (1976 TO NOVEMBER 2008) 1 MADUKA VINCEN T DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 O. OLUWOLE DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 CHIEF SEGUN OLUSOLA - DIRECTOR COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. UGWU DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM/ YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR NEWS MUSLIM 6 ADAMU AUGIE M.D NTPC MUSLIM 7 DR. VICTORIA EZE OKOLI DIR, PROGRAMMES (DG’s OFFICE) CHRISTIAN 1 DR. WALTER OFONAGORO DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR OF FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 4 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 5 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 6 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 1 SHINGLE IGWE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 SEGUN OLUSOLA DIRECTOR, COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 3 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR FINANCE CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIRECTOR PROGRAMME CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO DIRECTOR ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 KERE AHMED DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS MUSLIM 7 YAHAYA ABUBAKAR DIRECTOR, NEWS MUSLIM 1 MOH’D IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 SULEIMAN MOMODU DIRECTOR, FINANCE CHRISTIAN 3 PATRICH ITYOHEGH DIR., NAT. PRODUCTION CHRISTIAN 4 DR VICTORIA EZEOKOLI DIR., PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ISAAC WAKOMBO DIR., ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 BAYO SANDA DIR., COMMERCIALS CHRISTIAN 7 YAHYA ABUBAKAR DIR., NEWS. MUSLIM 8 ABDULRAHMAN MICHIKA DIR., ABUJA PROJECT MUSLIM 1 MOHAMMED IBRAHIM DIRECTOR GENERAL (PART. PRIVATIZATION) MUSLIM 2 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 3 PATRICK ITYOHEGH DIR, OPERATIONS CHRISTIAN 4 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 5 ENG. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 6 PRINCE BAYO SANDA ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 7 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 1 PARICK ITYOHEGH DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 DR. VICTORIA EZEOKOLI ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. ISAAC WAKOMBO ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 DR. BIODUN SOTUMBI ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. MADU MAILAFIA ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 SAIDU ABUBAKAR ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 1 BEN MURRAY BRUCE DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 BABS AKINLOLU/ JAMES DUGGAN, ED, FIN./ ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY ATTEH/PETER IGHO ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 DR. TONIE IREDIA/JIMMY ATTEH ED, NEWS CHRISTIAN 6 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM 7 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA ED, TRAINING (1YR) MUSLIM 1 DR. TONIE IREDIA DIRECTOR GENERAL CHRISTIAN 2 EMMA MBANUGO ED, FINANCE & ADMIN CHRISTIAN 3 ENGR. EDDY AMANA ED, ENGINEERING CHRISTIAN 4 JIMMY F. ATTEH ED, PROGRAMMES CHRISTIAN 5 ENGR. SUNDAY IBOK ED, SPECIAL DUTIES CHRISTIAN 6 PETER IGHO ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 7 USMAN MAGAWATA ED, NEWS MUSLIM 8 MALLAM HASSAN BELLO ED, MARKETING MUSLIM (Mallam Hassan Bello retired during this time which was followed by a re-organization process that left Usman Magawata as the only Muslim in the Management till 2008) FROM NOVEMBER 2008 TO APRIL 2012 (Less than 4 years) 1 MALLAM USMAN MAGAWATA DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 MALLAM BELLO SULE ED, PROGRAMMES MUSLIM 3 MALLAM MUSA MAYAKI ED, FINANCE & ADMIN MUSLIM 4 MALLAM YAKUBU IBN. MOH’D ED, SPECIAL DUTIES MUSLIM 5 ENGR. SHUIBU NDA ADAMA ED, ENGINEERING MUSLIM 6 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM 7 PASTOR (MRS) IFY UZODINMA ED, MARKETING CHRISTIAN 8 VICTORIA OLUMIDI ED, TRAINING CHRISTIAN 1 MALLAM MUSA MAIYAKI AG DIRECTOR GENERAL MUSLIM 2 ENGR. SHUAIBU NDA ADAMA ENGINEERING MUSLIM 3 MALLAM GARBA MAMU ED, NEWS MUSLIM OVERSEEING OFFICERS 1 MUHMUD UMAR PROGRAMMES (acting) 2 DEMBO UMAR MARKETING (acting) 3 WOLE COKER SPECIAL DUTIES/ multi channels 4 FRANK WILLIAMS TRAINING (acting) 5 NGOZI BARDA ADMIN. (Acting) 6 PHILIP OFUEGBU DIR, FINANCE NOTE: The Secretary/Legal Adviser who is a key member of NTA Management Board has always been a Christian since the inception of NTA. The Secretaries, since inception, are: MRS. DAISY DANJUMA DR. DEJI AYINDE MRS. NGOZI BARDA MRS. PAULINE IGBANOR MRS. TESSY NWANERI The summary here is that members of the Board of Directors (External Board members) have always been about 80% Christian and 20% Muslim since the inception of the NTA. The propaganda launched against Muslims and falsehood peddled against them have often influenced the composition of the Boards and Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation in such a way that Muslims have been grossly marginalized. For example, members of the New Boards of Federal Parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation are as follows: 1. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) 1 Chief Patrick Ogbu Chairman 2 Bashir Samaila Ahmed Member 3 Daniel Bwala Member 4 Ahmed M. Agina Member 5 Dele Fagoriola Member 6 Rose Okoronkwo (Mrs) Member 7 Billy Etuk Member 8 Director-General, NTA Member 2. Voice of Nigeria (VON) (1) Andy Aghaji Chairman (2) Haruna Ahmed Member (3) George Korgba Member (4) Prof. Fred Onyeziri Member (5) Oruma Steve Member (6) Bature Umar Member (7) Ogu Odey Member (8) Director-General, VON Member 3. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) (1) Ben Murray Bruce Chairman (2) Elvis Agukwe Member (3) Funke Egbemode (Mrs) Member (4) Bola Doherty Member (5) Farouk Dalhatu Member (6) Joyce Chinedu (Mrs) Member (7) Hajia Hauwa Kida Member (8) Abubakar Damboh Member (9) Director-General, FRCN Member 4. NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA (NAN) (1) Ibrahim Buba Chairman (2) Vtony Prest Member (3) Dr Attah Pine Member (4) Ifeanyi Ossai Member (5) Tons Fetepigi Member 5. NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA) (1) CHAIRMAN EDOH OBI 6. NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION (1) Bongos Igwue Chairman (2) Sani Danja Member (3) Wada Musa Member (4) Bright Chinedu Nnebedum Member This disproportionate composition as the names show characterizes various segments of the current Government’s Administration. The Christian community is being appeased and pampered while the rights of the Muslim community are being trampled upon with impunity.Where for God’s sake is the sense of equity of the President of CAN? ADMISSION INTO NDA TOO! The recently published admission list of students into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is another shocker for Nigerian Muslims and a seeming precursor of a hidden agenda being nursed by the authorities in charge. The composition of that list through which Christians dominate such admission list even in predominantly Muslim States is a clear reminder of ‘Rwanda Experience’. ANOTHER POINTER: FEC Another display of flagrant insensitivity to all norms of justice and fairness is that there is no single Muslim from the entire Southern Nigeria in the cabinet of the current Federal Government. ! INSULT UPON INJURY NSCIA used to assume that the apparent lopsidedness in those appoints was accidental but the constant reckless utterances of Pastor Oritsejafor have lent credence to the contrary. Moreso, his pronouncements have, of recent, become directives to the FGN. Given this dangerous trend and the random deliberate provocation by the current CAN President to add insult to injury; the NSCIA is left with no choice than to join issues with CAN by updating Nigerian Muslims with unassailable facts. Having tolerated CAN’ s irritation for so long in the interest of peace and without any reciprocation, we are compelled to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and to henceforth resist any unwarranted bullying and intimidation of Nigerian Muslims by the President of CAN. We insist that it is unbecoming of religious leaders to publicly tell lies in order to gain cheap popularity and vainglory and we believe that right-thinking Nigerians would, for the purpose of truth and justice, note these facts. Why would anyone who claims to be a religious leader want to lead Nigeria into the ugly spectre of a religious war through belligerent utterances and false allegations just to gain vainglorious self-assertiveness? Why would a religious leader not reflect before making a public pronouncement? As Muslims, we affirm our belief in peaceful and harmonious co-existence with people of other faiths according to the tenets of our religion just as we recommit ourselves to working together with reasonable Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria towards promoting what unites us . Meanwhile, as a further demonstration of our tolerance, we still advise the national leadership of CAN to always PAUSE, THINK and VERIFY information before making public statements that may amount to fallacy and desist from its chosen path of war mongering just for transient pleasure and selfish cheap gains. If the politicians are busy heightening tension and increasing the national blood pressure, the role of religious leaders should be to douse rather than ignite an inflammable situation in the land. God save Nigeria. Signed Muhammad K. Qasim NSCIA Ag. Director of Publicity FOR AND ON BEHALF OF NSCIA — with Ameer Taawun Dawood Imran and 3 others.
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